So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
(John 16:22)

Lord, you understand our frustration that we cannot see you as your disciples did when you were with them in the Flesh. Some of them did not wait long to join you in your glory when they were martyred. Now we have been waiting thousands of years. Though we know you are with us, we long to see and touch you.

Like the woman in childbirth you described, we labor. Not until the child inside her emerges and she can hold him does she forget her pain.

Everything in this world is temporary. In Eternity, it will seem but a blink of our eyes. When we are immersed in grief and pain, we feel as though it has always been this way and always will, even though our faith and intellect know better. If you didn’t show us glimpses of your joy, we could not go on. Yet it is those glimpses that are infinite, and someday we will grasp them. Sustain us, Lord. Encourage us. Remind us. Thy will be done.

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